WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (August 15, 2018) – Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce that 69 of its attorneys have been selected for the Best Lawyers in America list for 2019.

2019 Lawyers of the Year: In addition, 11 Gunster attorneys in 12 different practice areas and four different geographic regions within Florida have been named Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers.



This sublist is exclusive: only one lawyer in a particular practice area and geographic region is selected each year.

2019 Best Lawyers in America:

The following attorneys are included on the 2019 ‘Best Lawyers in America’ list:

Administrative/Regulatory Law Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
Lila A. Jaber David M. Wells
Beth Keating
George S. LeMieux Litigation – Antitrust
Gregory M. Munson David M. Wells
Appellate Practice Litigation – Banking and Finance
Angel A. Cortinas Linda A. Conahan
Thomas R. Julin William K. Hill
David M. Wells
Banking and Finance Law
Michael V. Mitrione Litigation – Construction
David M. Wells David M. Wells
Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation – Environmental
David M. Wells Rick J. Burgess
Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Litigation – First Amendment
Michael R. Freed Thomas R. Julin
Michael V. Mitrione
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law David R. Atkinson Jr.
Michael V. Mitrione Stephen C. Page
Commercial Litigation Litigation – Labor and Employment
William E. Adams, Jr. * Jason M. Murray
David R. Atkinson, Jr. Joseph G. Santoro
Nicole K. Atkinson
Linda A. Conahan Litigation – Land Use and Zoning
Angel A. Cortiñas John W. Little III
Michael R. Freed Brian M. Seymour
William K. Hill
Aaron Jay Horowitz * Litigation – Patent
Thomas R. Julin David R. Atkinson Jr.
George S. LeMieux
John W. Little III Litigation – Real Estate
Edward A. Marod David R. Atkinson Jr.
Raymond V. Miller Nicole K. Atkinson
Jason M. Murray * Linda A. Conahan
Stephen C. Page Stephen C. Page
Joseph L. Raia Allison E. Turnbull
Joseph G. Santoro David M. Wells
Gregor J. Schwinghammer, Jr.
Brian M. Seymour Litigation – Securities
David M. Wells David M. Wells
Construction Law Litigation – Trust and Estates
Lewis F. Crippen Nicole K. Atkinson
David M. Wells Debra L. Boje
John P. Cole
Corporate Governance Law William T. Hennessey
Gregory K. Bader Thomas M. Karr
Steven A. Lessne
Corporate Law Stephen C. Page
David G. Bates Lisa A. Schneider
Thomas A. Hickey Michael D. Simon
Jeffery Q. Jonasen *
Michael V. Mitrione Litigation and Controversy – Tax
Mahesh H. Nanwani Alan S. Lederman
Mark J. Scheer Adi Rappoport
Robert C. White, Jr.
Media Law
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Thomas R. Julin
Amy Brigham Boulris
John W. Little III Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Juan M. Muniz David G. Bates
Brian M. Seymour Michael V. Mitrione
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
James B. Davis David M. Wells
Employment Law – Individuals Real Estate Law
Michael R. Freed Lewis F. Crippen
Heidi Davis Knapik
Employment Law – Management Danielle DeVito-Hurley
Arturo Ross Paul K. Hines
Daniel M. Mackler
Energy Law Frank E. Miller
Charles A. Guyton M. Lynn Pappas
Beth Keating H. William Perry
James B. Soble
Environmental Law Allison E. Turnbull
Rick J. Burgess
Terry Cole Securities / Capital Markets Law
Gregory M. Munson Mahesh H. Nanwani
M. Lynn Pappas
Luna E. Phillips Tax Law
James B. Davis
First Amendment Law Mary E. Karr
Thomas R. Julin Alan S. Lederman
Martin R. Press
Franchise Law Adi Rappoport
Jason M. Murray Mark J. Scheer
Lisa A. Schneider
Government Relations Practice
Derek E. Bruce Technology Law
Simon Ferro David G. Bates
Gregory M. Munson Robert C. White Jr.
Allison E. Turnbull
J. Larry Williams Trusts and Estates
Debra L. Boje
Health Care Law Elaine M. Bucher
Bruce D. Lamb James B. Davis
Mark J. Ragusa Daniel A. Hanley
William T. Hennessey
Immigration Law Lisa A. Schneider
Sarah Lea Tobocman
Utilities Law
Labor Law – Management Lila A. Jaber
Arturo Ross
Water Law
Land Use and Zoning Law Gregory M. Munson
Heidi Davis Knapik
Simon Ferro
John W. Little III
M. Lynn Pappas
Allison E. Turnbull

*new to list in 2019

Best Lawyers’ annual list is compiled as a result of peer-review surveys and is published in almost 70 countries around the world. Inclusion in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers was based on millions of evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

Best Lawyers has partnered with U.S. News & World Report to rank law firms in the United States for its annual Best Law Firms list, on which Gunster has consistently ranked well across many practice areas over the years. Best Law Firms’ first edition was published in 2010.

About Gunster

Gunster, Florida’s law firm for business, provides full-service legal counsel to leading organizations and individuals from its 12 offices statewide. Established in 1925, the firm has expanded, diversified and evolved, but always with a singular focus: Florida and its clients’ stake in it. A magnet for business-savvy attorneys who embrace collaboration for the greatest advantage of clients, Gunster’s growth has not been at the expense of personalized service but because of it. The firm serves clients from its offices in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Stuart, Tallahassee, Tampa, The Florida Keys, Vero Beach, and its headquarters in West Palm Beach. With nearly 200 attorneys and 200 committed support staff, Gunster is ranked among the National Law Journal’s list of the 500 largest law firms and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Diverse Law Firms by Law360. More information about its practice areas, offices and insider’s view newsletters is available at

Jenni Garrison
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